Shall we in our generation be able to handle the gift of Benedict’s Rule with respect, reverence and responsibility and share this gift with others? These labels and banners made things simple for me. It’s impossible to care for each other more or differently than we care for the earth. Put on the mask; pretend that something is there and in place when it was not. In recent years, I’ve come to much appreciation of Thomas Merton. St. Benedict teaches us in images. I am ready to listen, to hear and to follow. So I say primal, universal, fundamental, existing not only in the church but in each of us. But I have to look at these things and say “not mine, only on loan.” Benedict tells us to enjoy these things– and return them. After studying and teaching history at Cambridge University, she married, had four sons, and moved to Canterbury, where she lived in a house that had been part of the medieval monastic community. He recognized that all the senses, particularly the senses of sight, sound and touch can teach us much. Esther de Waal lives in a small cottage on the Welsh/English border. But their presence through their prayers is still with us. Then we realize that the image is speaking to us of a Eucharistic vessel. 4:17). PHILOSOPHY - CHARISM - MISSION. He stood back never tying to possess, to label, to organize. Benedict is quite clear that outward conformity doesn’t count. How does he address the issues that we face? I knew where the herb garden was and what had been the infirmary and the guest house. You buy it, and with it comes the promise of ultimate or even instant success. Here is a means we need to build the coming church in the new South Africa.”. Benedictine Charism. All the senses are to be valued. Sisters from there first came to St. Marys, PA in 1852 to educate the children of the newly arrived German immigrants. I have had to realize they are on loan. The Benedictine Charism Today. When you lie in your bed, your bed becomes the altar. Through our community life we give witness to Christianity genuine lived. History. It is precisely because he has such a grasp of the human psyche and how it works that he can touch us with practical wisdom and insight. When I first picked up the Rule one sentence leapt out at me. The title, A Life Giving Way, says something of the energy, vigor and the vibrancy St. Benedict has brought to me. Benedict tells us to handle the things of the kitchen, the pantry, the garden, with as much love, reverence and respect as the sacred vessels of the altar. The Abbot hands out the work tools to the brothers, and he keeps a list, recognizing that these items are on loan and that everything matters. RB 1980 The Rule of St Benedict in Latin and English with Notes, edited by Tim Fry and published by the Liturgical Press, Collegeville in 1981, is one of those books I love to hate. I have to handle them with care, respect and with all courtesy of love. But there may be another who talks from morning to night and yet he is truly silent; that is, he says nothing that is profitable. Again, Benedict gives us a specific example from a particular time and place– behavior in choir. We strive for union with God by being imitators of Christ. We seek to offer warmth, tolerance and joy when welcoming others. Vocations. Stanley Rother Wagner, OSB July 17, 2018 I had the opportunity to spend a week in June at Saint Anselm Abbey in Manchester, New Hampshire for the annual Junior Summer School for Benedictine monks who have made simple vows. This isn’t an individualistic or isolated spirituality. Or as some of our documents put it, our charism witnesses to the primacy of God. With the coming of the universities, the rediscovery of the Greek philosophers and the growth of rational analysis, an approach to education developed which was totally cerebral and left-brained to the neglect of the emotions and the imagination. Following the Rule of St. Benedict, they offer hospitality through various forms of ministry to the people… By some connection that we don’t recognize, the willingness to exploit on e becomes the willingness to exploit the other. The Benedictine Charism: Ora et Labora (Work and Pray, Balance and Moderation) The monastic charism of the Benedictine Order bears witness to Jesus’s mandate to pray always. S NAMI BOH! I also was still a victim of a religious upbringing which told me that what God really wanted from me was that I should say a lot of prayers. The Rule of St. Benedict, like the Celtic tradition which has enriched what Benedict gives me, takes me behind and beyond the divisions that shaped me. Sister Sylvia Ahr, OSB was born in San Antonio and grew up in Corpus Christi with 8 brothers and sisters. We believe, as St. Benedict says, that All guests … are to be welcomed as Christ. It’s so full of images, and images get to us, not intellectually to our minds but to our hearts which is the essence of our self. Yet, they were made with beautifully cut stone, set in rounded arches to carry the lead pipes. Find us at https://benedictine-sisters-of-virginia.square.site/s/shop The online store is open for business through December 21st or while supplies last. He was totally present to the person or thing before him. I was “moozingoo,” which means feeling an enormous amount of pressure whirling about. Her major interests are the fields of the Benedictine and Celtic traditions. There was no sense of the right-hand side of the brain. Guests: clydeguests@benedictinesisters.org Prayer Request: sister@benedictinesisters.org Group Tours: tours.clyde@bspa.us. The Benedictine Sisters visit each class twice in Monastic Meetings to tell about the Benedictine charism, the history of the Sisters, and Benedictine Saints, including Saints Benedict, Scholastica and Gertrude. It takes me to the fifth and sixth centuries during which the Benedictine way of life and the Celtic tradition were forged. Benedictine sisters, discerning about their future, chose to build a monastery on the outskirts of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Instead, you are told that when you take your shoes off, you put them parallel to each other and not pigeon-toed, that you should close the door behind you quietly, that you should walk calmly and eat slowly and leave things ready for the next person to use. When Benedict talks to me about handling with care, about reverence and respect for material things, he does it in a way that is immediate and specific, and therefore difficult to evade. Put another way, how does The Rule of St. Benedict and the vision of St. Benedict speak to us today, particularly to lay people like myself? Transcription provided by Scott Rains What is secret and hidden about Apartheid elsewhere is clearly revealed here. Awareness Of God; Community; Hospitality; Peace & Justice Education. In my education, I was shaped by the split that shaped western Europe from the 12th century onward. God loves us and calls each of us to be loving persons. Novice Oblates will be meeting on-line. The love of Christ impels us, above all, to solidarity with the poor and oppressed and to have an open heart for their needs. Certainly, traditional peoples, Celtic peoples, African peoples and Native American peoples have always seen beyond historic Western dualities to unity and integration. At first I thought this stuff is for the beginners. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram! There was no idea in my upbringing that God would be pleased if I helped my mother in the kitchen handling ordinary things like the dishes. Show all posts. Since the Abbot is the exemplar of Christ for the brothers, I see that Christ has lent me all the good things in my life. They are women who have responded to the call to live in community according to the Gospel and the Rule of St. Benedict. “To that end, the community releases a statement calling on all people to promote peace by being peace-makers that resist all forms of violence and destruction.” Vessels and tools take on the fullness of images as I live with the text and as it lives with me. Those hours before dawn enfolded him in the gentleness of the world around his hermitage. At the end of time, whether it is when the harvest is finished, or at the end of one’s life, or the day of judgment, they are to be collected back again and “recollegenda.” The Latin word carries a sense that when work is done and the harvesting is complete, the tools are to be gathered in again. They were founded by Saint Benedict of Nursia, a 6th-century monk who laid the foundations of Benedictine monasticism through the formulation of his Rule … Our Missionary Charism. It is the cloister, the enclosure, that holds everything together. I quote her from something that I read just before I left England. Listening, he let each person, each thing, have its own voice. GOD IS WITH US! He addressed many of the issues all of us have to face. I think this language resonates with many people who are on the edge of the church, who are questioning and seeking. That’s where they grow and work in us. Merton didn’t believe that we come to God through the truncation of our humanity but through the wholeness of our humanity. When I was in Cape Town I visited a place that is no longer a living monastery because the monks have left it. Located in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota, the Sisters give witness to God's presence through communal life, prayer, and work. Another key Benedictine value – and charism – is hospitality. In those hermitage years, he was nurtured by long periods of silence, getting up at two in the morning to pray. They are located at their monastery in Clyde, Missouri. They built these tunnels with enormous care and skill. The whole purpose of the Rule is to bring us back to the embrace of the Creator Father. They are around an empty space in the middle that keeps everything together and in harmony. Discernment. Throughout the centuries, the Benedictine monastic way of life has testified to the need to put God first. What does the Benedictine charism offer to today’s world? We have all these good things to share with the whole of God’s family. Any place can be the place.” He led them to see the image so powerfully given in the buildings themselves, that all these daily activities would be impossible were it not for the heart of the monastic building– the empty space of the cloister. “The Benedictine Sisters of Erie seek to uphold the Benedictine charism of peace in any and all situations, especially in response to the escalating tensions with Iran,” said Sister Anne Wambach, Prioress. The charism entrusted to Benedictines is the call to seek God in cenobitic (monastic) community, to praise God through prayer and ministry, and to listen with eagerness to the Spirit’s call into the un-known future. Biography I think it is very close to the terms in which the “New Science” also speaks. Liturgical Life. No, I have to let them go free. Liturgy of the Hours. It’s important that we stay with this. It’s healing just to cross this threshold, just to stand here with this courtyard opening up before us with the sense of the prayers of the monks who are no longer here. The love of Christ impels us, above all, to solidarity with the poor and oppressed and to have an open heart for their needs. “Why was this good news kept from us?” they said. In that sermon, the priest told them, “When you stand at the kitchen stove, that is the center; that is the altar. The low-gluten breads are made from water and wheat starch that has had most of the gluten removed. Monastery Photos. Charism and Mission. If I tell you there were 47 stone steps in the spiral staircase leading to the top of the house and that the house had not been modernized in any great way, you will realize that life there could be quite hard. “Here is a wonderful tool. Items must be picked up at the Monastery, 9535 Linton Hall Road, Bristow, VA 20136 between 1:00-4:00 PM Monday-Friday. 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